SkyZone Durham, the latest indoor trampoline park to open in the Triangle, has about a week of business under its belt.
The Durham business, part of an international chain of trampoline parks, opened on Dec. 27. Husband-and-wife team Roopal and Pralhad Khatri, parents of two kids, own it.
Roopal tells me that she and her husband had both worked in the corporate world for many years. As their kids, now 8 and 13, grew older, they were looking for a change that would allow them to spend more time together as a family. The family is into fitness and healthy living.
"We thought this would be a good fit," she tells me. "Our kids are getting older so the more we work, the less time we spend with them."
SkyZone Durham features open jump, where the floor and walls are covered with trampolines; two dodgeball courts with trampoline floors and sides; a basketball court; and a foam zone where visitors can launch themselves from a trampoline into a big pit of foam blocks. There also are three party rooms; a snack bar; and plans for workout classes.
My kids and I spent a really fun morning jumping there. My five-year-old was all about the basketball court. My nine-year-old loved jumping into the foam pit and then rolling out (that's the secret if you have trouble pulling yourself out from the blocks).
When we were there, the employees were strict with some safety rules - two people can't jump together on the same trampoline; jumpers are separated by age and size so kids and adults aren't right next to each other; and jumpers must be separated by a lane as they launch themselves into the foam pit or shoot a basketball, among others.
It's open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. It's closed Mondays. SkyZone Durham is at 1720 Guess Rd., Suite 90, in Durham, next to Northgate Mall.
This is the fifth trampoline park to open in the Triangle in the last couple of years. Defy Gravity operates parks in Raleigh and Durham. A SkyZone location already is in Raleigh. And The Launching Pad opened in Raleigh in November.